When it comes to divisiveness, it's because there are two or more sides to an issue, and each person is passionate about their side and unwilling to hear from the other side. Yes, I'm talking politics. Yes, I'm talking religion. Yes, I'm talking human rights. But I don't think hope is lost. I think we can help improve the divisiveness of this world by doing this one thing....
I should be writing in my novel right now. I have about 3,600 words to go before I reach the magical NaNoWriMo number of 50,000 (though there’s probably about 15,000 more words left of the story). But instead, I want to write here for a moment so I can share some things with you, and … Continue reading 2018: My year of confidence
I am currently in the middle of writing a scene that is hard to write. In this, Maddie (from The Road to Hope) is enduring the wrathful abuse of someone she loves and trusts. And as I write, I am recalling moments when I experienced the same thing. It's been 12 years since he laid … Continue reading Be not afraid…
Last week, I was honored to speak to a group of people from my church about Reclaim Your Creative Soul, the book I published earlier this year about making more time for creativity. I began by telling them about my journey toward that book, and then I shared a quick rundown of the necessary steps … Continue reading The story behind “Reclaim Your Creative Soul”
I want to tell you a little something about birthdays for me. Every year, I cry. It started around my 31st birthday. I was in Disneyland, the happiest place on earth. It was the perfect place to spend my birthday - or so I thought. I had no idea how old I would feel surrounded … Continue reading A great way to start 38
A monument of bells exists on the side of Highway 1 in Bodega Bay, having been erected there 19 years ago. If life were fair, this tower wouldn't exist. If it weren't for two robbers who took the life of a 7-year-old Bodega Bay boy, we'd never know the Children's Bell Tower. On Oct. 1, … Continue reading The bells, and the Nicholas Effect
The other day I took time away from everything to come back to center and find the answers to some very serious dilemmas in my life that have been plaguing me. I called it my soul retreat, as it was time I had set aside to get back in touch with my soul. My biggest … Continue reading How to take a soul retreat, part 2
Yesterday, I took the day off of everything to come back to center and seek answers to the path I need to take in some very perplexing areas of my life. I called it my soul retreat, as it was my chance to reconnect with my soul in ways I hadn’t been able to for … Continue reading How to take a soul retreat, part 1